Happy as Larry

What’s in a phrase?

Have you ever thought how certain phrases originated?
I came up with ‘Happy as Larry’, wondering who on earth Larry was and if anyone had actually been nicknamed Laughing Larry or similar to warrant such a statement.

For all you boxing fans out there, according to WIKI,
Laurence ‘Larry’ Foley (12 December 1849 – 12 July 1917) was an undefeated champion Australian middleweight boxer. He is known as the ‘Father of Australian Boxing’ and it is often said that “happy as Larry” is a reference to him.

Then of course you could go with this from 2011 (also courtesy of WIKI) :
Happy as Larry is a funny, playful and poignant new dance show, which investigates the elusive nature of human happiness. Created by award-winning Australian choreographer Shaun Parker, this powerful performance combines an intoxicating mix of ballet, break-dance, roller-skating and highly physical contemporary dance.

Well, I remember a Larry from another post:
lawn mower

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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